Australia: Queensland Government Bulletin - 17 June 2015

Last Updated: 25 June 2015
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In the media

Respected former judge to lead VLAD Taskforce
Former Supreme Court Judge Alan Wilson will head the Palaszczuk Government review of the Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment (VLAD) laws as part an extensive crackdown on organised crime (12 June 2015). More...

VLAD laws: First sentence handed down under controversial laws
A man who was part of a major Brisbane drug syndicate but not a bikie has become the first person sentenced under Queensland's Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment (VLAD) laws (03 June 2015). More...

Queensland racing boards abolished in response to greyhound live-baiting report
All boards associated with the Queensland racing industry have been abolished in response to the greyhound live-baiting scandal, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced (02 June 2015). More...

QLD councils hit back over critical fraud audit
The Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) has fired back over a sharply critical report on fraud management in the state's councils issued by the Queensland Audit Office that has called a tougher approach to compel better reporting of losses and record keeping of allegations. The Audit report revealed that just one council was responsible for 42 per cent of alleged and proven frauds over a five year period, triggering a referral to the Queensland's Crime and Corruption Commission (03 June 2015). More...

Queensland corruption watchdog asked to investigate Newman government's retrospective
The retrospective approval of the bulldozing of bushland by a mining company in central Queensland has been referred to the corruption watchdog (CCC) by the State Government (03 June 2015). More...

Queensland greyhound industry needs new integrity body: inquiry
Self-regulation in the Queensland greyhound industry has failed and a new statutory authority to safeguard animal welfare and integrity in the industry is needed, a report into live-baiting practices finds (01 June 2015). More...

In practice and courts

Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee: Report No. 82 - Inquiry on strategies to prevent and reduce criminal activity in Queensland, government response | 2015 | Qld
Letter from the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Yvette D'Ath, to the Clerk of the Queensland Parliament as a response to Report No. 82 - Inquiry on strategies to prevent and reduce criminal activity in Queensland. More...

Published – articles, papers, reports

Deaths in custody in Australia: National Deaths in Custody Program 2011–12 and 2012–13
Australian Institute of Criminology; 4 June 2015, Ashleigh Baker, Tracy Cussen
Presents information on frequencies of deaths in prison and police custody and information regarding the deceased, including demographic information and cause of death. More...

Delivering Services to Citizens and Consumers via Devices of Personal Choice: Phase 1 - Interim Report (2014–15:34)
VAGO; 10 June 2015
This audit examined strategies for delivering government services online via digital devices, how these strategies are being implemented, and the extent to which services are already being provided. More...


Isbester v Knox City Council [2015] HCA 20
Appeal allowed with costs. Administrative law – Natural justice – Bias – Reasonable apprehension of bias – Incompatibility of roles – Where respondent made order under s 84P(e) of Domestic Animals Act 1994 (Vic) for destruction of appellant's dog – Where there was panel hearing and deliberation prior to decision being made – Where member of panel had been involved in prosecuting related criminal charges – Whether fair-minded observer might reasonably apprehend that panel member might not bring impartial mind to decision – Whether interest of panel member might affect decision-making of others on panel. Words and phrases – "conflict of interest", "incompatibility of roles". More...


New Bill - Planning and Development (Planning Court)
The Planning and Development (Planning Court) Bill (2015) 2015 (Qld) is a private member's Bill, sponsored by Tim Nicholls MP. The Bill was introduced into the Legislative Assembly on 4 June 2015. The objective of the Bill is to provide a separate piece of legislation to govern the constitution, composition, jurisdiction and powers of the Planning and Environment Court (the PE Court). The Bill would also provide for the legislative foundation for new Court Rules and procedures to ensure the Court's efficient operation.

Parliament of Queensland and Other Acts Amendment Act 2015
Assent: 1/6/2015 Commencement: 1/6/2015 (Whole) This Act amends the Financial Accountability Act 2009, the Parliamentary Service Act 1988, the Parliament of Queensland Act 2001 and the Queensland Independent Remuneration Tribunal Act 2013 for particular purposes. More... More... More...

Subordinate legislation as made

No 28: Proclamation commencing certain provisions of the Queensland Building and Construction Commission and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2014. This proclamation fixes 1 July 2015 as the commencement of the provisions of the Queensland Building and Construction Commission and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2014 stated in the schedule.

No 29: Queensland Building and Construction Commission and Other Legislation Amendment Regulation (No. 1) 2015.

The objectives of the regulation include prescribing mandatory training requirements for adjudicators; and prescribe two policies to improve the adjudication process under the BCIP Act.

This regulation, other than part 2, commences on 1 July 2015. Part 2 commences on 1 June 2015.

Current reprints

Parliament of Queensland Act 2001 - 1 June 2015

Parliamentary Service Act 1988 - 1 June 2015

Queensland Independent Remuneration Tribunal Act 2013 - 1 June 2015. More...

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